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    106th Rescue Wing gives base tour to local scout troop after tragedy

    106th Rescue Wing gives base tour to local scout troop after tragedy

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Daniel Farrell | Lt. Col. Stephen “Doc” Rush, a 103rd Rescue Squadron Pararescue flight surgeon and...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Daniel Farrell 

    New York National Guard

    FRANCIS S. GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. (August 23, 2019) – The 106th Rescue Wing welcomed members of Boy Scout Troop 161, out of Shoreham, N.Y., on a base tour August 23 here.

    Last September, Troop 161 experienced a horrible tragedy when an alleged drunk driver struck the troop killing Andrew McMorris, 12, and injuring four others, while they were walking on the shoulder of a road next to their hiking trail. For the 106th, this was a very meaningful base tour.

    “Members of our team here on base are tied closely to Troop 161, and our thoughts, prayers and well wishes have been, and continue to be, with this troop and these youngsters as they move forward from this tragedy,” said Capt. Michael O’Hagan, 106th Rescue Wing public affairs officer. “It is always great when we have a chance to interact with scouts, but this tour in particular was especially meaningful because of the connection to members of our wing and the loss of Andrew.”

    On the flight line, the scouts were met by Capt. Jonathan Hoyos, a 102nd Rescue Squadron combat systems officer and 1st Lt. Kate Adamczyk, 102nd Rescue Squadron pilot, who gave them a tour of the wing’s new HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and answered all their questions.

    The scouts’ next stop was the HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter where they met Maj. Damon Ricketts and 1st Lt. Jordan Polster, both 101st Rescue Squadron helicopter pilots. As the scouts climbed in and out of the helicopter, the pilots pointed out some interesting characteristics of the aircraft and talked about their experiences operating helicopters.

    The tour concluded with a first aid demonstration by Lt. Col. Stephen “Doc” Rush, a 103rd Rescue Squadron pararescue flight surgeon and former Air Force Pararescue Medical Director, who showed them skills like bleeding control, airway management and patient movement skills. The scouts surrounded Rush and looked on as he went through the variety of tactics, even using one of their members to act as a patient.

    “This was a great opportunity to share our expertise in first aid from the highest levels with the boy scouts,” said Rush. “It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm and passion.”

    Colin Lynch, a member of Troop 161, left the tour telling a local reporter he was happy to be on the base and that he can see himself being a helicopter pilot, but he didn’t know which branch just yet.

    A nearby member of 106th Public Affairs was quick to joke, “By which branch, you mean, you want come fly for the Guard, right?”

    At 16, Lynch has a few more years to finalize his decision.


    Date Taken: 08.23.2019
    Date Posted: 08.27.2019 10:45
    Story ID: 337546

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